Appointment

7:00 pm on Wednesday (05 Nov 2014)

Chris Watson

Kenneth Young talks with the New Zealand composer, former Mozart Fellow and manager of the Resound Project (RNZ)

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  • Peter Kooij ( 57′ 58″ )

    Dutch bass Peter Kooij specialises in baroque music and has worked with the best, including Philippe Herreweghe and Masaaki Suzuki. He has recorded the complete Bach Cantatas with Suzuki's Bach Collegium Japan and during his visit to New Zealand with that ensemble he talked with David Morriss.

    From Appointment on 30 Oct 2014

  • Lend Me Your Ears ( 1h 8′ 33″ )

    Wallace Chapman reports to Clarissa Dunn with his thoughts on the mixed tape we made for him.

    From Appointment on 29 Oct 2014

  • Conversations with Harry ( 57′ 23″ )

    Cultural entrepreneur Harry Seresin was an identity in Wellington from his arrival in 1939, safe from Nazi persecution, through several decades of energy and passion for life and the arts. In 1992 he talked with Dinah Priestley about his family background, his businesses, the establishment of Downstage Theatre, The Settlement and his coffee gallery at Parsons Bookshop (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 26 Oct 2014

  • Hopkinson Smith ( 55′ 40″ )

    David Morriss in conversation with the American-born lutenist who visited Wellington for the 2014 New Zealand Festival (RNZ)

    From Appointment on 23 Oct 2014

  • Judith Clark CNZM (1931-2014) ( 52′ 55″ )

    Christine Argyle presents a tribute to a leading NZ piano teacher (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 22 Oct 2014

  • Don Quixote ( 58′ 43″ )

    The fanciful adventures of Cervantes' deluded knight Don Quixote and his hapless squire Sancho Panza have inspired painters, filmmakers, composers and philosophers ever since the Spanish Golden Age. Presented by Elric Hooper and Des Wilson.

    From Appointment on 16 Oct 2014

  • Four Last Songs ( 58′ 1″ )

    Peter Shaw looks at Richard Strauss's final years and his Four Last Songs, today one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire. He surveys some of the many recordings

    From Appointment on 15 Oct 2014

  • Contrapuntal Mozart ( 58′ 57″ )

    Thomas Goss reveals that deep in the DNA of Mozart's greatest works is a sense of emotion and conflict that comes directly from J.S. Bach (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 09 Oct 2014

  • Alex Taylor ( 48′ 52″ )

    Alex Taylor, composer, curator of the Intrepid Music Project, multi-instrumentalist, poet and blogger talks with Kenneth Young (RNZ)

    From Appointment on 08 Oct 2014

  • Gretchen La Roche ( 57′ 40″ )

    Gretchen La Roche, clarinettist and artistic manager talks with David Morriss (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 02 Oct 2014

  • Michael Haas ( 59′ 8″ )

    Michael Haas, music producer, author and curator talks with Roger Smith (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 25 Sep 2014

  • Twang!! ( 59′ 20″ )

    Lionel Bart's 1965 musical was a spectacular flop (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 18 Sep 2014

  • Claire Cowan ( 52′ 42″ )

    Claire Cowan, composer, collaborator and director of the Blackbird Ensemble talks with Kenneth Young (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 17 Sep 2014

  • Sara Brodie ( 58′ 43″ )

    Theatre, stage and opera director Sara Brodie talks with Christine Argyle.

    From Appointment on 11 Sep 2014

  • Judith Weir ( 58′ 17″ )

    Master of the Queen's Music Judith Weir talks about her compositions with Charlotte Wilson (RNZ)

    From Appointment on 10 Sep 2014

  • Jeremy Woodside ( 58′ 30″ )

    Christchurch organist Jeremy Woodside is currently based at Wells Cathedral in the UK, & soon moves to a new appointment at Westminster Abbey. He talks with Margaret Ogilvie (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 04 Sep 2014

  • Ode to the Organ ( 52′ 58″ )

    Eitan Cornfield from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation takes a good look at the pipe organ (CBC).

    From Appointment on 03 Sep 2014

  • Introducing Willie Manson ( 35′ 58″ )

    Willie Manson was a young NZer killed on the Somme in 1916. The songs and story of a lost composer is presented by Peter Downes (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 28 Aug 2014

  • Roger Lloyd ( 57′ 24″ )

    Since coming to New Zealand in 1993, Roger Lloyd has managed some of this country's finest musical institutions, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, the New Zealand String Quartet and the Adam Chamber Music Festival. This conversation with David Morriss takes us from his early clarinet-playing days, and years with the Ulster Orchestra, through to his current role as Chief Executive of Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand. (RNZ)

    From Appointment on 21 Aug 2014

  • John Amis Composer Portraits -Michael Tippett ( 53′ 34″ )

    Few British composers have responded as deeply to world events as Michael Tippett. His oratorio A Child of our Time, was an impassioned protest against the persecution and tyranny he saw happening throughout the world in 1939, at the onset of World War II. John Amis looks particularly at Tippett's music from 1939 up until the time he made this programme in 1981 (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 20 Aug 2014

  • War Records ( 53′ 41″ )

    Des Wilson looks at the British gramophone industry's contribution to the war effort 100 years ago (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 14 Aug 2014

  • John Amis Composer Portraits -Benjamin Britten ( 43′ 31″ )

    In this personal portrait of Benjamin Britten, recorded in 1981, John Amis reflects on how different Britten's output might have been had he never met his lifelong partner, tenor Peter Pears, for whom he wrote many of his major works (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 13 Aug 2014

  • Roger Wright ( 53′ 48″ )

    The out-going director of the BBC Proms and controller of BBC Radio 3 takes up a new role as Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music in September. Eva Radich talks with Roger Wright about this year's Proms season ahead of our first broadcast from the festival on Monday August 11. (RNZ)

    From Appointment on 07 Aug 2014

  • John Amis Composer Portraits - William Walton ( 50′ 51″ )

    John Amis knew William Walton well and had interviewed him several times before this portrait, recorded in 1981. As a young man Walton was accepted into the home of the illustrious Sitwell family, leading to his famous collaboration with Edith Sitwell in Façade (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 06 Aug 2014

  • Germans in Maoriland? (2) Classical Musicians ( 56′ 59″ )

    There were significant numbers of Germans working as musicians and living here in New Zealand during the 19th century until 1914. Samantha Owens introduces us to a handful of these German immigrants who were indeed contributing to this country's youthful classical music scene.

    From Appointment on 31 Jul 2014

  • John Amis Composer Portraits - Igor Stravinsky ( 40′ 43″ )

    Just over a hundred years ago Igor Stravinsky attended the premieres of his controversial ballets The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring when they were performed to Paris audiences. And a little over 50 years ago he came to New Zealand and conducted our National Orchestra in two memorable performances, including music from The Firebird. Stravinsky is the focus of this portrait by John Amis recorded in 1981 (RNZ.

    From Appointment on 30 Jul 2014

  • Germans in Maoriland? (1) The Jolly German Band ( 50′ 54″ )

    German bands hit the world in their thousands during the 19th century and, as if there was something in the water, they all seemed to come from the same small area in Germany. Although forgotten today, German bands were frequent visitors to New Zealand's shores too, from the 1850s right up until the outbreak of World War I. Musicologist Samantha Owens and Shelley Wilkinson introduce us to some of these touring visitors and follow them around New Zealand.

    From Appointment on 24 Jul 2014

  • John Amis Composer Portraits - Percy Grainger ( 48′ 30″ )

    John Amis looks at the colourful and sometimes eccentric Percy Grainger, a world famous pianist, teacher and writer, who today is known mainly for his folk song arrangements. Recorded in 1981 (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 23 Jul 2014

  • Roger Flury ( 58′ 50″ )

    Just before returning to the UK after 40 years in New Zealand, Roger Flury (music librarian, historian and broadcaster) spoke with Des Wilson (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 17 Jul 2014

  • The Rite of Spring and its Polynesian Ancestry ( 46′ 27″ )

    Imagine The Rite of Spring composed as a haka, and a challenge, to the peers and audiences of its composer, Igor Stravinsky. We continue our celebration of The Rite of Spring's centenary with New Zealand author and musicologist Robin Maconie who brings a uniquely New Zealand perspective on Stravinsky's most famous work.

    From Appointment on 16 Jul 2014

  • Tristan and Isolde ( 53′ 53″ )

    Erica Challis takes us through Wagner's great opera ahead of the Auckland Philharmonia's concert performance on Saturday July 19 (RNZ)

    From Appointment on 10 Jul 2014

  • Pathetique ( 50′ 26″ )

    Thomas Goss looks at Tchaikovsky's sixth & last symphony as a snapshot of very busy, practical composer at the height of his craft, seeking new ways to intrigue and provoke his growing audience.

    From Appointment on 09 Jul 2014

  • Verdi & Shakespeare: From Tragedy to Comedy ( 59′ 45″ )

    A Verdi anniversary in 2013 (200) and a Shakespeare one in 2014 (450) prompts Elizabeth Hudson to examine the inspiration that the English playwright was for the Italian composer.

    From Appointment on 03 Jul 2014

  • Verdi & Shakespeare: Early Encounters ( 59′ 37″ )

    A Verdi anniversary in 2013 (200) and a Shakespeare one in 2014 (450) prompts Elizabeth Hudson to examine the inspiration that the English playwright was for the Italian composer.

    From Appointment on 26 Jun 2014

  • Strauss post 1945 ( 55′ 38″ )

    Richard Strauss's Indian Summer, presented by Thomas Goss.

    From Appointment on 19 Jun 2014

  • Richard Strauss: Lion of Opera - Part Two ( 58′ )

    To mark the composer's 150th birthday this week, Thomas Hampson presents an appreciation of Strauss's genius in opera, with contributions from other acclaimed singers including Montserrat Caballé, Martha Eggerth, Maria Ewing, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa, Lotte Lehmann, Felicity Lott, Nadja Michael and Deborah Polaski, and conductors Mark Elder and Bernard Keeffe. (RNZ/WFMT)

    From Appointment on 12 Jun 2014

  • Richard Strauss: Lion of Opera - Part One ( 58′ 15″ )

    To mark the composer's 150th birthday today, Thomas Hampson presents an appreciation of Strauss's genius in opera, with contributions from other acclaimed singers including Montserrat Caballé, Martha Eggerth, Maria Ewing, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa, Lotte Lehmann, Felicity Lott, Nadja Michael and Deborah Polaski, and conductors Mark Elder and Bernard Keeffe. (RNZ/WFMT)

    From Appointment on 11 Jun 2014

  • The Circumstances of Beethoven's Symphonies ( 52′ 14″ )

    Some believe that they were conceived as a set with an overarching grand schema, but Thomas Goss points out the often more expedient external factors that influenced Beethoven in composing his nine symphonies (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 05 Jun 2014

  • Candide ( 57′ 55″ )

    Voltaire's 18th century satirical novella takes the central character through a tumultuous series of adventures in a parody of the classic adventure-romance plot, all testing the philosophy of optimism he's been taught. Leonard Bernstein's 20th century musical had its own calamitous episodes and multiple revisions but survives in the repertoire to this day. Presented by Elric Hooper and Des Wilson (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 30 May 2014

  • The Rake's Progress by Stravinsky ( 58′ 46″ )

    A 1947 Chicago exhibition of William Hogarth's sequence of paintings depicting "A Rake's Progress" inspired Stravinsky to compose an opera. With a clever English libretto by WH Auden & Chester Kallman, the work premiered at La Fenice in Venice in 1951. The opera is regularly revived and is now a 20th century classic. Elric Hooper & Des Wilson present an introduction to The Rake's Progress

    From Appointment on 15 May 2014

  • Larry Pruden (1925-1982) ( 55′ 54″ )

    Peter Mechen looks at the life and work of Taranaki-born composer Larry Pruden, talks to those who knew him, and learns about the collected edition of Pruden's works being published by Promethean Editions (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 08 May 2014

  • Ronald and Zillah Castles' Sweet Compulsion ( 1h 1′ 17″ )

    This evening's Appointment is about the influence a brother and sister in Wellington had on early music in New Zealand, from the 1930s. Shelley Wilkinson takes us to the capitol and touches on Ronald and Zillah Castle's Sweet Compulsion.

    From Appointment on 07 May 2014

  • Britten's Words ( 58′ 12″ )

    Peter Hoar looks at Benjamin Britten's choice and use of texts.

    From Appointment on 30 Apr 2014

  • Goodbye Maoriland ( 51′ 24″ )

    Peter Hoar takes a look at the songs written in New Zealand during the First World War.

    From Appointment on 24 Apr 2014

  • Carlo Bergonzi ( 58′ 52″ )

    Roger Flury and Des Wilson look back at the career of the great Italian tenor who as a young man had to choose between cheese-making and opera.

    From Appointment on 23 Apr 2014

  • Rick Erickson, Cantor ( 58′ 32″ )

    In the tradition of Bach himself, Rick Erickson is the Cantor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City. He talks with David Morriss about the role of the Cantor today and about the unending inspiration of the music of JS Bach.

    From Appointment on 16 Apr 2014

  • The Travels of Charles Burney ( 54′ 3″ )

    Peter Hoar looks at the writings of 18th-Century music historian, Charles Burney.

    From Appointment on 10 Apr 2014

  • Music, Numerology and Bach ( 37′ 10″ )

    Amelia Nurse and harpsichordist and lecturer Erin Helyard are chatting about the role of numbers and numerology in music, and in particular the music of Bach. They discuss recordings and play live examples to try to get to the bottom of the centuries old question: to what degree did Bach used numbers to convey hidden meaning in his music?

    From Appointment on 09 Apr 2014

  • Michael Endres - pianist and teacher ( 57′ 44″ )

    German-born pianist Michael Endres maintains an international concert and recording career whilst resident near Christchurch and Head of Piano at the University of Canterbury. He talks with Kenneth Young.

    From Appointment on 03 Apr 2014

  • Clare Galambos-Winter (1924-2014) ( 56′ 33″ )

    Clare Galambos-Winter (1924-2014), Hungarian refugee, holocaust survivor, NZSO violinist and university benefactor Clare Galambos-Winter passed away recently in Wellington. In 2004 Clare Galambos-Winter talked with Charlotte Wilson about her extraordinary life.

    From Appointment on 27 Mar 2014

  • Oh! What a Lovely War ( 53′ 37″ )

    Elric Hooper and Des Wilson tell the story of Joan Littlewood's 1963 satirical stage show on the First World War (RNZ)

    From Appointment on 13 Mar 2014

  • Appointment for 5 March 2014 ( 53′ 17″ )

    John Wells canvasses organist superstar Cameron Carpenter.

    From Appointment on 05 Mar 2014

  • Galina Vishnevskaya - A Tribute ( 1h 56′ )

    Tribute to Galina Vishnevskaya by Roger Flury and Des Wilson .

    From Appointment on 26 Feb 2014

  • George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) ( 58′ 41″ )

    Elric Hooper and Des Wilson look at the life and work of GBS and in particular his views on music. Part 2: The Perfect Wagnerite, literary slanging matches and My Fair Lady.

    From George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) on 19 Feb 2014

  • George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) ( 58′ 34″ )

    Elric Hooper and Des Wilson look at the life and work of GBS and in particular his views on music. Part 1: Corno di Bassetto, Witticisms & Mozart.

    From George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) on 12 Feb 2014

  • Len Lye The Opera ( 58′ 24″ )

    Tim Dodd goes behind the scenes to talk to the creative team at the premiere season of Eve de Castro-Robinson's and Roger Horrocks's opera based on the life of the New Zealand artist.

    From Appointment on 06 Feb 2014

  • In Memoriam John Amis (1922-2013) ( 31′ 10″ )

    In 1985 John Amis recorded a 13-part series Amiscellany for RNZ Concert recalling some of the music and personalities he had encountered on his travels as a wandering miscellanist. In Crrrrrrr-RITic! Amis talks about his work as the London music critic for The Scotsman.

    From Appointment on 26 Dec 2013

  • Lisa Della Casa (1919-2012) ( 58′ 48″ )

    Tribute to Lisa Della Casa by Roger Flury and Des Wilson.

    From Appointment on 19 Dec 2013

  • The Lilburn Lecture ( 1h 10″ )

    Philip Norman delivers the inaugural Lilburn Lecture before an audience in Victoria University's Hunter Council Chamber. His subject, Plato's Cave: The Realities of Composing in New Zealand.

    From Appointment on 18 Dec 2013

  • Christmas Oratorio ( 59′ 28″ )

    Peter Walls takes us through JS Bach's 6-part masterpiece.

    From Appointment on 12 Dec 2013

  • Tackling Tallis ( 56′ 26″ )

    Thirty NZ choral singers were invited by the visiting Tallis Scholars to join them to sing Thomas Tallis's famous 40-part motet. Christine Argyle follows them in rehearsal through to performance.

    From Appointment on 11 Dec 2013

  • Appointment for 28 November 2013 ( 10′ 22″ )

    With Robin Maconie.

    From Appointment on 28 Nov 2013

  • Appointment - Siegfried ( 58′ 43″ )

    Erica Challis takes us through the story and music of the third of Wagner's four Ring Cycle operas.

    From Appointment on 07 Nov 2013

  • John Hopkins (1927-2013) a tribute ( 57′ 53″ )

    During his six years resident in NZ, John Hopkins made an enormous contribution to the music scene here. Even after moving to Australia in the 1960s he maintained close links with the NZSO, APO, Cambridge Music School and National Youth Orchestra. On the occasion of his 80th birthday, John Hopkins talked with Roger Smith.

    From Appointment on 30 Oct 2013

  • Miro's Music ( 54′ 18″ )

    Julie Sperring looks at the paintings of Joan Miró and the music they have inspired.

    From Appointment on 16 Oct 2013

  • Beethoven ReCYCLE (Part 3) ( 58′ 17″ )

    Michael Houstoun and Tim Dodd continue their conversation about the Beethoven piano sonatas and Houstoun's approach to performing them. In this final programme, they talk about the 'Moonlight' Sonata, the 'Das Lebewohl' Sonata and the last three sonatas.

    From Appointment on 09 Oct 2013

  • Extended interview: The Diabelli Variations ( 3′ 44″ )

    Michael Houstoun talks about Beethoven's Diabelli Variations which he performed in 2012 as preparation for the Beethoven reCYCLE project.

    From Appointment on 09 Oct 2013

  • Extended interview: Memory ( 4′ 17″ )

    Michael Houstoun talks about the challenge of playing all the Beethoven sonatas from memory.

    From Appointment on 09 Oct 2013

  • Extended interview: Selected movements ( 19′ 22″ )

    Tim Dodd and Michael Houstoun look at a few selected movements from sonatas in Houstoun's last wave of concerts: Op 2 No 1, Op 2 No 2 and Op 31 No 3.

    From Appointment on 09 Oct 2013

  • Extended interview: Rhythm and Rubato ( 8′ 44″ )

    Tim Dodd and Michael Houstoun talk about a number of topics related to rhythm, energy and rubato in the Beethoven sonatas.

    From Appointment on 09 Oct 2013

  • Extended interview: The Limited Piano ( 5′ 13″ )

    Michael Houstoun outlines the qualities he desires in a piano for performing Beethoven and he and Tim Dodd tackle the issue of whether the humble piano was sufficient to express Beethoven’s vision, especially in the late sonatas.

    From Appointment on 09 Oct 2013

  • Flash Harry ( 57′ 3″ )

    John Wells looks at the career of Sir Malcolm Sargent, one of the greatest and most controversial British conductors of the 20th century.

    From Appointment on 12 Sep 2013

  • V-Ger ( 54′ 51″ )

    The story of the Voyager Golden Records. When NASA realized that the Voyager space probes being launched in 1977 would eventually travel beyond the edge of our solar system, they decided to include some kind of message to any intelligent aliens who might one day find them. A committee headed by astronomer Carl Sagan made the selection which includes a wide variety of music, spoken greetings in 55 different languages (including some that are very obscure or long extinct) and samples of earth's nature sounds. They're on gold-plated copper discs, engraved much like a vinyl record album and attached to the outside of the spacecraft. As the Voyager 1 and 2 probes are now 11 billion miles away and still going strong, Steve Danby decided to look at the Voyager Golden Records and the message they're taking from planet Earth.

    From Appointment on 25 Jul 2013

  • Verdi's Il Corsaro ( 54′ 2″ )

    Based on Lord Byron's poem The Corsair, Il Corsaro is a tale of high adventure - of pirates, plunder and passion. Elizabeth Hudson, who has edited a critical edition of the work, takes us through this relatively early Verdi opera.

    From Appointment on 18 Jul 2013

  • The Decker Years - Programme 4 ( 57′ 57″ )

    The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Conductor Laureate, Franz- Paul Decker has had an association with the orchestra for over 40 years. Peter Shaw surveys the recorded performances from Radio New Zealand's archives and examines Decker's significant influence on orchestral performance in New Zealand. Four Programmes. (4) Wagner: Two concerts stand out - Decker's performances of Act III of Die Walkure in 1989 and the complete Das Rheingold in 1997.

    From Appointment on 17 Jul 2013

  • Ron and Zillah Castle's Sweet Compulsion ( 1h 59″ )

    The vast Castle collection of early and unique instruments and music began in the 1930s and was kept in three adjoining villas in Newtown, Wellington until Zillah Castle's death in 1997. With it, and their radio broadcasts, Zillah and Ronald contributed to the resurgence of interest in early music in New Zealand at that pioneering time of the middle decades of last century. Shelley Wilkinson talks with Peter Walls, Robert Petre formerly from the Alexander Turnbull Library, niece Maureen Castle and instrument maker Paul Downie about their memories of Ronald, Zillah and the collection.

    From Appointment on 11 Jul 2013

  • The Decker Years - Programme 3 ( 57′ 16″ )

    The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Conductor Laureate, Franz- Paul Decker has had an association with the orchestra for over 40 years. Peter Shaw surveys the recorded performances from Radio New Zealand's archives and examines Decker's significant influence on orchestral performance in New Zealand. Four Programmes. (3) Dashing the myth that Decker was only a German specialist, he also excelled in French, Spanish, Russian and American repertoire. He could even turn a deft show tune.

    From Appointment on 10 Jul 2013

  • The Decker Years - Programme 2 ( 58′ 35″ )

    The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Conductor Laureate, Franz- Paul Decker has had an association with the orchestra for over 40 years. Peter Shaw surveys the recorded performances from Radio New Zealand's archives and examines Decker's significant influence on orchestral performance in New Zealand. Four Programmes. (2) The German Repertoire: Bruckner, Strauss, Mahler - which Decker called "The Big Stuff"

    From Appointment on 03 Jul 2013

  • The Decker Years - Programme 1 ( 57′ 10″ )

    The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Conductor Laureate, Franz- Paul Decker has had an association with the orchestra for over 40 years. Peter Shaw surveys the recorded performances from Radio New Zealand's archives and examines Decker's significant influence on orchestral performance in New Zealand. Four Programmes. (1) Introduction

    From Appointment on 26 Jun 2013

  • Beethoven ReCYCLE (Part 2) ( 57′ 28″ )

    Michael Houstoun and Tim Dodd continue their conversation about the Beethoven piano sonatas and Houstoun's approach to performing them. They talk in detail about the sonatas in his fourth concert of the cycle including the Appassionata.

    From Appointment on 19 Jun 2013

  • Extended interivew: Sonata form and keys ( 5′ 5″ )

    Tim Dodd asks Michael Houstoun how much he is influenced or inspired by the structure of the Beethoven sonata movements and the keys in which they are written.

    From Appointment on 19 Jun 2013

  • Extended interview: Interpretation ( 5′ 42″ )

    Michael Houstoun discusses what it means to "interpret" a piece of music.

    From Appointment on 19 Jun 2013

  • Extended interview: Overexposure ( 2′ 2″ )

    Michael Houstoun and Tim Dodd talk about whether a piece such as the Appassionata Sonata could become overexposed.

    From Appointment on 19 Jun 2013

  • Extended Interview: Piano Sonata in F sharp Op 78 ( 4′ 24″ )

    Michael Houstoun and Tim Dodd talk a little more about the sonata affectionately dedicated to one of his dearest friends Therese von Brunswick.

    From Appointment on 09 Jun 2013

  • Warwick Fyfe ( 59′ 25″ )

    Versatile Australian baritone Warwick Fyfe talks about his operatic career, with Des Wilson.

    From Appointment on 30 May 2013

  • Goethe ( 54′ 54″ )

    Barry Empson profiles the great German writer's life, work and the music he inspired.

    From Appointment on 23 May 2013

  • James Ehnes - Violinist ( 58′ 15″ )

    Star Canadian violinist James Ehnes talks music with Tim Dodd.

    From Appointment on 16 May 2013

  • Georgina Zellan-Smith ( 57′ 38″ )

    NZ pianist Georgina Zellan-Smith talks to Tim Dodd.

    From Appointment on 09 May 2013

  • 1928 Columbia Competition ( 49′ 4″ )

    1928 Columbia Competition. Presented by Steve Danby.

    From Appointment on 18 Apr 2013

  • Beethoven ReCYCLE (Part 1) ( 58′ 15″ )

    Michael Houstoun first performed the cycle of 32 Piano Sonatas by Beethoven 20 years ago. Why do it again? What's changed? Michael Houstoun talks to Tim Dodd about the project and they look at four sonatas from the first wave of concerts: the graceful Sonata quasi una fantasia in Eb Op 27 No 1; the tormented Op 31 No 2 in D minor, the "Tempest"; the expansive Op 53 in C, the "Waldstein"; and the gigantic Op 106 in B flat, the "Hammerklavier".

    From Appointment on 03 Apr 2013

  • Extendend interview: Piano Sonata in F Op 54 ( 7′ 43″ )

    Michael Houstoun and Tim Dodd look at the often overlooked but gorgeous little sonata sandwiched between the great Waldstein and Appassionata Sonatas.

    From Appointment on 03 Apr 2013

  • Extended interview: Piano Sonata in A Op 101 ( 19′ 50″ )

    Michael Houstoun and Tim Dodd look at the somewhat elusive A major sonata that heralds the emergence of Beethoven's late composition style.

    From Appointment on 03 Apr 2013

  • Music Out of Doors ( 53′ 32″ )

    Presented by Amelia Nurse.

    From Appointment on 27 Mar 2013

  • South Pacific ( 58′ 29″ )

    Elric Hooper and Des Wilson look at the history of Rodgers and Hammerstein's great.

    From Appointment on 20 Dec 2012

  • Charles Rosen (1927-2012) ( 58′ 32″ )

    In December 2012, the American pianist, writer, musicologist, critic, polymath Charles Rosen died. In this programme, recorded in 1999, he talks to Tim Dodd.

    From Appointment on 19 Dec 2012

  • May I Heave the Envelope Please? ( 54′ 5″ )

    A caper through the history of "music which the Oscars should have loved, but didn't." Presented by Steve Danby (RNZ)

    From Appointment on 12 Dec 2012

  • Debussy at the stage door ( 59′ 55″ )

    Elric Hooper and Des Wilson discuss Debussy’s works for the musical stage, in particular his major opera Pelléas & Mélisande.

    From Appointment on 06 Dec 2012

  • By Royal Command Prog 2 ( 56′ 14″ )

    Brian Kay presents two programmes of music written for royal occasions in the United Kingdom.

    From Appointment on 14 Nov 2012

  • How will opera survive? (Part 2) ( 47′ 32″ )

    How will opera survive? Programme 2: The future for opera performers.

    From Appointment on 08 Nov 2012

  • By Royal Command (Part 1) ( 55′ 20″ )

    Brian Kay presents two programmes of music written for royal occasions in the United Kingdom.

    From Appointment on 07 Nov 2012

  • Alfred Deller - Renaissance Man ( 57′ 52″ )

    It's a hundred years this year since the countertenor Alfred Deller was born. This statuesque, six foot two, family man shocked, mesmerised, inspired and educated generations of audiences with a voice and choice of music that, for many, was a very new experience. Shelley Wilkinson looks at Deller's life and career with the help of his daughter and son-in-law Jane and John Jackets, plus Geoffrey Coker, Dean Sky-Lucas and Alfred himself.

    From Appointment on 31 Oct 2012

  • Eurovision 2012 ( 55′ 41″ )

    An Overseas Experience at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan. Presented by Sophie Wilson.

    From Appointment on 24 Oct 2012

  • The Voice Box (Part 2) ( 58′ 23″ )

    Clarissa Dunn looks at some of the most intriguing vocal virtuosi from opera singers to yodellers to beat boxers: those artists who’ve taken the vocal instrument to physical and imaginative extremes.

    From Appointment on 11 Oct 2012

  • The Voice Box (Part 1) ( 42′ 45″ )

    From baby cries to flamenco cante, Clarissa Dunn looks at the extremes of pitch, the mysteries of vibrato and the expression of emotion through the human voice.

    From Appointment on 04 Oct 2012

  • Appointment for 27 September 2012 - Two great Romantics ( 53′ 10″ )

    Thomas Goss explores the relationship between two great Romantics.

    From Appointment on 27 Sep 2012

  • Appointment Olivier Latry ( 57′ 53″ )

    The French organist is interviewed by Kerry Stevens.

    From Appointment on 06 Sep 2012

  • Appointment for 26 July 2012 - Janetta McStay ( 57′ 11″ )

    A tribute to the NZ pianist who passed away recently in Auckland.

    From Appointment on 26 Jul 2012

  • Appointment for 25 July 2012 - David Zinman ( 58′ 22″ )

    International conductor David Zinman talks with David Morriss.

    From Appointment on 25 Jul 2012

  • The Valkyrie ( 58′ 50″ )

    Erica Challis takes us through the story and themes of Wagner's opera.

    From Appointment on 19 Jul 2012

  • Appointment for 28 June 2012 - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Part 2) ( 56′ 33″ )

    Jon Tolansky presents a tribute to the late German baritone.

    From Appointment on 28 Jun 2012

  • Appointment for 27 June 2012 - John Musto ( 37′ 56″ )

    Robbie Ellis talks with the American composer John Musto.

    From Appointment on 27 Jun 2012

  • Appointment for 21 June 2012 - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Part 1) ( 56′ 53″ )

    Jon Tolansky presents a tribute to the late German baritone.

    From Appointment on 21 Jun 2012

  • Appointment for 14 June 2012 - Adolphe Sax ( 43′ 25″ )

    Thomas Goss looks at the work of the great 19th century instrument maker.

    From Appointment on 14 Jun 2012

  • Appointment for 13 June 2012 - Oscar Natzka 100 ( 57′ 47″ )

    Peter Downes reviews the life and career of the great NZ bass, born 100 years ago.

    From Appointment on 13 Jun 2012

  • Appointment for 7 June 2012 - I Musici ( 53′ 6″ )

    Concertmaster Antonio Anselmi talks with David Morriss.

    From Appointment on 07 Jun 2012

  • Appointment for 31 May 2012 - Alfred Deller ( 57′ 52″ )

    Shelley Wilkinson looks at Alfred Deller's life and career .

    From Appointment on 31 May 2012

  • APO Composers in Residence ( 58′ 30″ )

    Adrian Hollay explores the background of the composer-in-residence programme at the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

    From Appointment on 24 May 2012

  • Appointment for 17 May 2012 - Stuart Skelton ( 58′ 45″ )

    Australian tenor Stuart Skelton talks with Christine Argyle.

    From Appointment on 17 May 2012

  • Appointment for 16 May 2012 - Apres le Deluge ( 58′ 30″ )

    Simon Romanos and Dr Emanuel Garcia discuss Rachmaninov and the premiere of his first symphony.

    From Appointment on 16 May 2012

  • Appointment for 10 May 2012 - Warwick Fyfe ( 59′ 25″ )

    Warwick Fyfe. The Australian baritone talks with Des Wilson.

    From Appointment on 10 May 2012

  • Appointment 9 May 2012 - Bruno Walter (Part 2) ( 54′ 39″ )

    Fifty years after the great conductor's death, Jon Tolansky presents a tribute.

    From Appointment on 09 May 2012

  • Appointment for 3 May 2012 - Puccini on Disc ( 58′ 25″ )

    Roger Flury talks with Des Wilson about his new book Giacomo Puccini - a discography.

    From Appointment on 03 May 2012

  • Appointment 2 May 2012 - Bruno Walter (Part 1) ( 57′ 38″ )

    Fifty years after the great conductor's death, Jon Tolansky presents a tribute.

    From Appointment on 02 May 2012

  • Appointment for 25 April 2012 - A Song of Islands ( 42′ 4″ )

    A Song of Islands - World War II veteran Tony Vercoe looks back on a lifetime involvement with Kiwi music.

    From Appointment on 25 Apr 2012

  • Appointment for 19 April 2012 - Elizabeth Connell ( 35′ 57″ )

    Dramatic soprano Elizabeth Connell talked with Christine Argyle in 2007.

    From Appointment on 19 Apr 2012

  • Choral Connections Psalms ( 56′ 55″ )

    Brian Kay looks at the traditions and settings of the Psalms.

    From Appointment on 12 Apr 2012

  • Choral Connections Stabat Mater ( 55′ 13″ )

    Brian Kay looks at the traditions and settings of the Stabat Mater.

    From Appointment on 05 Apr 2012

  • Appointment with Peter Godfrey ( 59′ 40″ )

    Choral Conductor Peter Godfrey has just turned 90. He talked with Des Wilson in 2002.

    From Appointment on 03 Apr 2012

  • Appointment for 29 March 2012 - Progress, Patriotism & Protest ( 59′ 42″ )

    The third of three programmes in which Matthew Crawford navigates the turbulent confluence of music and politics in 20th century America. Bob Dylan declares that the times are a-changin' - but to what? George Crumb's images from a dark land or the social causes of Lou Harrison and Paul Robeson? And: opera gets topical with John Adams.

    From Appointment on 29 Mar 2012

  • Appointment for 22 March 2012 - Progress, Patriotism & Protest ( 58′ 19″ )

    The second of three programmes in which Matthew Crawford navigates the turbulent confluence of music and politics in 20th century America. A national anthem at last, music for war, Strange Fruit in the South, Frank Sinatra pleads for tolerance and Leonard Bernstein takes aim at the forces of McCarthyism.

    From Appointment on 22 Mar 2012

  • Appointment for 15 March 2012 - Progress, Patriotism & Protest ( 59′ 25″ )

    The first of three programmes in which Matthew Crawford navigates the turbulent confluence of music and politics in 20th century America. Sousa waves the flag, Charles Ives remembers the civil war, William Grant Still imagines an Afro-American Symphony and organised labour takes to Broadway.

    From Appointment on 15 Mar 2012

  • Appointment for 8 March 2012 - The Making of Hohepa ( 59′ 56″ )

    A documentary by Amelia Nurse featuring the cast and creative team working on Jenny McLeod's opera Hohepa.

    From Appointment on 08 Mar 2012

  • Brian Kay and The King's Singers (Part 2) ( 58′ 9″ )

    Tim Dodd talks with Brian Kay, the original bass in the all-male a cappella group formed in the mid-sixties by six friends at King's College, Cambridge and still going strong. Programme two of two.

    From Appointment on 23 Feb 2012

  • Brian Kay and The King's Singers (Part 1) ( 57′ 3″ )

    Tim Dodd talks with Brian Kay, the original bass in the all-male a cappella group formed in the mid-sixties by six friends at King's College, Cambridge and still going strong. Programme one of two.

    From Appointment on 16 Feb 2012

  • Brian Kay's Secular Christmas ( 57′ 55″ )

    Brian Kay, conductor, broadcaster and ex-King's Singer, presents a selection of some of his favourite non-sacred music for the festive season.

    From Appointment on 15 Dec 2011

  • Appointment for 8 December 2011 - Christopher Doig ( 1h 16′ 3″ )

    In an illustrated interview recorded in April, Christopher Doig talks with Diana Cable about his life in opera, arts and sports administration.

    From Appointment on 08 Dec 2011

  • Appointment for 24 November 2011 ( 58′ 40″ )

    Forgetting Ida Rubinstein. Part 2 Elric Hooper and Des Wilson continue the story of the Russian impresario and performer Ida Rubinstein.

    From Appointment on 24 Nov 2011

  • Appointment for 17 November 2011 ( 57′ 39″ )

    Forgetting Ida Rubinstein, Part 1. Elric Hooper and Des Wilson tell the story of the Russian impresario and performer Ida Rubinstein.

    From Appointment on 17 Nov 2011

  • Appointment for 10 November 2011 ( 54′ 14″ )

    Peter Mechen looks into the history of Lilburn's song-cycle Elegy on poems by Alistair Te Ariki Campbell.

    From Appointment on 10 Nov 2011

  • Appointment for 3 November 2011 ( 30′ )

    Adrian Hollay talks about the 1927 German expressionist silent movie 'Metropolis' - one of the first science-fiction films - and explores its original music.

    From Appointment on 03 Nov 2011

  • Appointment for 27 October 2011 ( 58′ 26″ )

    Elric Hooper and Des Wilson discuss the popularity of the story of Salome, between about 1870 and 1920, and the many resulting works of art including Strauss's shocking opera.

    From Appointment on 27 Oct 2011

  • Appointment for 20 October 2011 ( 57′ 33″ )

    Christine Argyle in conversation with the Slovak conductor who's also a member of a very distinguished European family.

    From Appointment on 20 Oct 2011

  • Appointment for 13 Oct - Les Apaches ( 57′ 57″ )

    Thomas Goss explores the influence on Ravel's music and career of his social circle 'Les Apaches', relationships that were symbolically interpreted in his piano cycle 'Miroirs'.

    From Appointment on 13 Oct 2011

  • Appointment for 6 October 2011 - Stephen Layton ( 58′ 44″ )

    Christine Argyle in conversation with the English choral conductor who's director of music at Trinity College, Cambridge, director of Polyphony, Holst Singers, and City of London Sinfonia.

    From Appointment on 06 Oct 2011

  • Making Maestros - Day One ( 59′ 46″ )

    We talk to Pietari Inkinen, Peter Walls and Claire Lewis from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, then we meet the five participants. This episode focuses on the first day of sessions in the Hunter Council Chamber at Victoria University, where the five conducted two pianists in reductions of full orchestral scores.

    This programme also looks at opportunities for conductors at the high school level. Robbie talks to two teenage conductors who were invited to observe the final day of the NZSO Conductor Workshops: Matthew Lee (17, Gisborne) and Alexander Eichelbaum (16, Auckland); and two Heads of Music of musically prolific secondary schools: Rowan Johnston (Westlake Girls' High School, Auckland) and Helen Renaud (Burnside High School, Christchurch).

    From Appointment on 07 Aug 2011

  • Music and Dreams Part 4 ( 57′ 50″ )

    Lucid dreaming, fantasy and its technical realisation
    Since ancient times, the arts have been inspired by dreams. Ryan Smith looks at some famous composers from different eras who have lifted ideas and music straight out of their dreams. Part Four of Four.

    From Appointment on 21 Jan 2011

  • Music and Dreams Part 2 ( 54′ 5″ )

    The dark side of dreams - Nightmares and madness
    Since ancient times, the arts have been inspired by dreams. Ryan Smith looks at some famous composers from different eras who have lifted ideas and music straight out of their dreams. Part Two of Four.

    From Appointment on 19 Jan 2011

  • Music and Dreams Part 1 ( 48′ 51″ )

    Welcome to the pleasure dome - An introduction to dreams and music.
    Since ancient times, the arts have been inspired by dreams. Ryan Smith looks at some famous composers from different eras who have lifted ideas and music straight out of their dreams. Part One of Four.

    From Appointment on 18 Jan 2011

  • Music and Dreams Part 3 ( 58′ 36″ )

    Mermaids, the Messiah and a sacrificial maiden - Archetypes in dreams and music
    Since ancient times, the arts have been inspired by dreams. Ryan Smith looks at some famous composers from different eras who have lifted ideas and music straight out of their dreams. Part Three of Four.

    From Appointment on 18 Jan 2011

  • Rebirth of Auckland Town Hall's Organ ( 44′ 20″ )

    One of the major events of 2010 was the completion of the Auckland Town Hall organ restoration. Matthew Crawford talks to those involved in the project.

    From Appointment on 11 Mar 2010

  • Beethoven's Last Summer ( 47′ 11″ )

    From his series 'Interrupted Cadences' in which John Drummond asks the question "What if…?" In the late summer of 1802, when the suicidal Beethoven was in Heiligenstadt… what if he had actually taken his own life?

    From Appointment on 26 Oct 2003